WSM: What makes this boat unique from the others in your line?
MasterCraft: The X-9 is a direct-drive boat, one of two in the X-group. The difference between the X-9 and the X-5 is that the X-9 is 20 feet 11 inches versus 19 feet 6 inches for the X-5. It?s almost two feet longer, plus you get six inches more beam.
It?s similar to the X-5 in that it has the package, look and graphic appeal for someone who wants a wakeboard boat. It has the same tower, speakers, and light rack available. The difference is the X-9 has a ski locker ballast and a ballast under the rear seat so it has about 800 pounds of potential ballast you can add with the flick of a switch. It differs from the X-Star in that the X-9 is a direct-drive boat.
People who are buying boats for wakeboarding aren?t necessarily buying boats just to wakeboard. A V-drive, like the X-Star, is primarily a wakeboard boat. It is built for someone who wants to challenge on tour or ride at a tournament. While the X-9 also does an excellent job as a wakeboard boat, you can also do other things because it is a direct-drive. It is a wide boat, so there?s a lot of room for people. It?s better handling in terms of its maneuvering because the direct-drive has its weight in the center of the boat as opposed to the back of the boat.
The buyer of this boat does more than just wakeboard, but they want to have that wakeboard image and wakeboard package. It?s a great-looking boat that is more versatile than even the 209, which shares the same hull. And remember, the 209 passed all the slalom tests at the USA Water Ski boat tests.